There’s a rumor being circulated around the internet concerning a potential publisher for ArcheAge in Europe. Fansite ArcheAgeSource.com took it upon itself to collect as much information about the rumor as it could.
The internet’s abuzz with rampant rumors about NCsoft Europe publishing ArcheAge in their territory. We at ArcheAgeSource had our eye on the rumor since it’s original appearance, but we’ve had our interest renewed after being contacted by XLGAMES concerning their origin.
Tthe rumor was crossposted in multiple forums the same day it was posted at MMORPG.com. It’s difficult to say with certainty that MMORPG.com’s forums are the very first instance of the rumor, especially since ArcheAgeSource.com’s staff isn’t fluent in many languages other than English.
ArcheAgeSource’s staff decided against endorsing the rumor or debunking it, so it’s up to fans to make their own decisions. What do you think?
As you might already know, last year Tencent had been announced as ArcheAge’s official publisher in China. The price Tencent allegedly paid for the rights to our favorite MMO was somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 million US dollars (the biggest MMO publishing deal in China since Aion). That partnership now seems to have been thrown into doubt, if you believe some Chinese news sites.
What happened? Apparently the news article about the deal was removed from ArcheAge.com, ArcheAge’s official Korean website. This has caused many to speculate that the deal has been called off. If so, some analysts believe it’s unlikely that XLGames will get such an abundant offer from a different publisher.
The publishing rights to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are owned by GigaMedia Limited.
There’s a rumor making its rounds that XLGames is planning to hold ArcheAge’s OBT (open beta test) in November. If this is true, and if XLGames follows a release schedule similar to Aion’s and TERA’s (open beta flows seamlessly into final release after a few weeks), then that means we could be playing ArcheAge by this time next year (if you have a valid Korean account, of course)!
Another interesting bit of news: Min-Hee Jeon, the famous Korean fantasy author who is working on ArcheAge’s lore, has released a 48-page-long story for free on the internet. It concerns on a female child’s growth from a tragic youth into a strong adult in the ArcheAge universe. It’s extremely unlikely that we’ll ever get a full translation of the story, but the fact that it exists is reason enough to believe that a lot of thought is going into ArcheAge’s lore.